Memories of the Quarrymen’s Early Years!

We are delighted that Charlie Roberts, friend of the Quarrymen in the early days, will be in the Church Hall on Monday August 27 to share his memories with our visitors.  Charlie took the very first photo of the Quarrymen performing at Rosebery Street in June 1957, and has written a book about those early years!

Come along to St Peter’s Church Hall between 10am and 4pm on Monday, where Charlie will have signed copies of his book, as well as his historic photographs, available for sale!

St Peter’s Church and Strawberry Field

St Peter’s Church has supported the redevelopment plans for Strawberry Field from the very beginning, and we are all so excited to see the work underway!

We are also delighted to welcome the Salvation Army to St Peter’s Church Hall for International Beatle Week.

This is a great opportunity to come along, chat to some of the people most involved with the project, see the display showing the current progress and future plans, pick up leaflets on the project, and show your support by buying some of the exclusive Strawberry Field merchandise!

Opening times:

Let’s help to Open the Gates!  It matters to St Peter’s Church too.

For more information on the Strawberry Field development, visit the official website HERE

St Peter’s Church Hall Open For Beatle Week

St Peter’s Church Hall will once again open its doors throughout International Beatle Week!

 

The iconic Beatles Singalong featuring the 3A Formby Ukulele Band is back by popular demand on Friday from 10.30am.  Everyone is welcome, entry is FREE and refreshments will be available.

Great memories of the Beatles Singalong last year!

 

 

St Peter’s Church will also be open on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Open Church programme.  Don’t miss this chance to take a tour of this beautiful Church that was an important part of John’s childhood!

Entry is FREE to the Church and the Church Hall, and everyone is welcome!

The Magical History Museum is Truly Magical!

Review by Donna Jackson

 

Last week, Mathew Street welcomed a new addition when the Magical History Museum opened its doors.

From the very first moment that I stepped through the door, it was clear that the new museum would live up to its name, evoking magical memories of the history of the Beatles at every step with the unique collection of historic memorabilia on display.

The museum which was “ten years in the planning, and over 60 years in the making,” contains over three hundred items from Roag Aspinall-Best’s personal collection, spread over three floors.  Roag (son of Neil Aspinall, the former CEO of Apple Records, and brother to Pete Best, former Beatles drummer) said, ““My family connections to The Beatles have inspired me to collect, store and cherish the items that will be on display. The time is now right for me to share them with the public, so that they too can hear the stories and share the memories we’ve all held so dear since the Beatles began.”

Each floor represents a different chronological period in the history of the Beatles – the early years up to 1962, 1963-66, and 1967 onwards.,

Every single item is genuine — there are no replicas or reproductions to be found — and so many of them took my breath away.  There really are treasures everywhere you look!  My personal favourites were mostly on the first floor and included Pete’s leather trousers and cowboy boots from Hamburg.  Other favourites were the mic from the Casbah and Pete Best’s drum kit!

Every floor offers a “Fab 4 experience” though, with iconic items including John Lennon’s Sergeant Pepper medals, the cello from ‘Blue Jay Way’, George Harrison’s Futurama Grazio guitar, the Apple boardroom table, and John Lennon’s helmet from How I Won the War (another of my personal favourites).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the time I reached the top floor, I was reeling with everything I had seen.  This is probably the largest singularly owned authentic Beatles collections in the world that traces the history of the Beatles from their very earliest days in the Casbah, through Beatlemania in the early 1960s, to the studio classics of Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road.  It is absolutely phenomenal, and I felt privileged to be able to see it all.  Roag deserves the thanks of every single Beatles fan for deciding to share it all with us.

What is even more mind-blowing is that the items on display represent only a fraction of Roag’s collection, and there are many more items that are being reserved for future display.  I really can’t wait!!

What I also loved was the way that these treasures are displayed.  While the Beatles Story is more of a tourist experience, this is a true museum with beautiful display cases, and elegant decor and lighting that evokes an atmosphere that is classy and dignified.  All in all, in my personal opinion, a lovely and fitting reflection of the Best family.

Add all this to the museum’s location on Mathew Street, and you have the perfect addition to the Beatles’ industry in Liverpool.  As Steven Van Zandt (E Street Band/The Sopranos) said, “Liverpool deserves this. It’s been far too long coming.”   Bryan Burk (Producer of Lost, Star Trek, Mission Impossible and Star Wars movies), agreed, saying “The Magical History Museum is a genius idea and a must see for Beatles fans.” 

I’ll leave the final words to Pete Best himself: “This museum opening is a landmark occasion in Beatles history and an incredible new showcase – not to be missed by any serious Beatles fan.”

I couldn’t agree more!  The Magical History Museum is an absolute MUST SEE.  I already can’t wait to go again!

For more on the Magical History Museum, visit the official Facebook page HERE.  For more on Pete Best, or to visit the Casbah, visit Pete’s official website by clicking HERE

Ground Breaking Ceremony at Strawberry Field

St Peter’s Church has supported the redevelopment at Strawberry Field from the very beginning of the project, and it was a privilege to attend the formal Ground Breaking ceremony today (July 31).

Major Roger Batt, Lady Judy Martin, Julia Baird and Cliff Cooper cutting the celebration cake at today’s Ground Breaking ceremony.

Julia Baird, Honorary President of the Strawberry Field project, and Lady Judy Martin and Cliff Cooper, project patrons, led the celebrations, with the legendary Mike McCartney capturing the event for posterity with his trusty Nikon camera!

Although not in Mike’s league, some of our photos from today’s ceremony can be seen below:
Ground Breaking Ceremony, Strawberry Field

Beatles fans, supporters of Strawberry Field and the vision for young adults with learning disabilities can back the redevelopment by visiting www.strawberryfieldliverpool.com . The website includes information on how to donate to the project, as well as exclusive Strawberry Field merchandise including limited edition bricks from the original Salvation Army children’s home as well as t-shirts, mugs and much more for Beatles and Strawberry Field fans.

 

What’s on at St Peter’s Church Today!

Want to know who taught Colin Hanton how to jive? Then you need to read his book! He and co-author Colin Hall will be at St Peter’s Church Hall today from 10.30am for a book-signing!
The Church Hall is open from 10.30am to 2.30pm.  You can also visit the Church (from 10am), and the playing field where the Quarrymen performed on July 6 1957 (Bishop Martin Summer Fete from 12.30pm!!)

St Peter’s Church Hall Celebrates the 61st Anniversary of the Day John Met Paul!

It was 61 years ago … 

In 2018, St Peter’s Church hosted a five-day music festival celebrating the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul!  Although we can’t promise quite the same thing this year, we will be opening the Church Hall to visitors, in honour of the 61st anniversary of that special day, on Saturday July 7.  The hall will be open from 10.30am until 2.30pm, entrance is free and everyone is welcome!

The Quarrymen in St Peter’s Church Hall, July 6, 2017

Quarryman Colin Hanton will be joining us in the Hall for part of the day, with copies of his new book!  Although signed copies are available online (click HERE to buy), this is your chance to get a personalised copy!  The full range of exclusive St Peter’s merchandise will also be for sale.

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Visitors will also have a rare opportunity to visit Bishop Martin School, which now stands on the land where the Church fete was held on July 6, 1957!  The school is holding its Summer Fun Day on Saturday from 12.30pm until 4pm.  Entry is only £1.00!

A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

Enjoy the Beauty of St Peter’s Church!

OPEN CHURCH


St Peter’s Church will be open Saturdays and Sundays 10 am – 4 pm** throughout July, August and September!

Please come and have a look round our beautiful building and take time to enjoy the peace and quiet.

For Beatles fans, this is an opportunity to visit the Church that was an important part of John’s childhood.  Mimi attended regularly, and John sang in the choir and once tried his hand at bell-ringing.  Make sure to ask the volunteers to point out the spot where John sat in the choir stalls, or the area of the Church where Mimi liked to sit for services.

Two of John’s uncles are also remembered in the Church – his uncle Robert is listed on the war memorial, and uncle George is buried in St Peter’s graveyard.

 

** Please note that access to some areas of the Church may vary during Church Sunday services and for special services such as weddings and funerals, and that all times are subject to change at short notice.

Palm Sunday at St Peter’s Church

We welcome visitors from all around the world to St Peter’s Church, but today’s visitor was truly special!  Marley the donkey joined us to help us celebrate Palm Sunday!

Palm Sunday at St Peter's

If you’d like to join us, you’d be more than welcome. Full details of all services can be found at the official website for St Peter’s Church by clicking HERE

We’d love to see you — but we can’t promise that Marley will be there every week though!